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May 8, 2020 - Panola College had to cancel its 85th Commencement, which was planned for Thursday, May 7, because of COVID-19 and the social distancing rules in place. Spring Commencement recognizes 359 degree and certificate candidates.
 
“Under normal circumstances, we would see over 220 of those candidates walk across the stage to receive their diplomas with friends and family in the audience,” said Greg Powell, Panola College President.
 
“While we can’t hold the ceremony this spring, we want to honor these students for their hard work and their success during difficult times.”
 
At the conclusion of the semester, the list of honor graduates will be released and published. Those students are being highlighted in posts on the Panola College Instagram site.
 

 
The 2020 Spring graduates include:
First Name, Last Name, City, St
Chad Adams, Carthage
Shellie Adams, Waskom
Tommy Adams, Carthage
Lanee Adkins, Longview
Klayton Adkison, Carthage
Leslie Ady, Nacogdoches
Austin Akridge, Center
Mauricio Alejaldre-Robles, Carthage
Jade Allen, Longview
Macalan Amick, Tatum
Latoya Anderson, Mount Enterprise
London Andrews, Beckville
Juan Apolonio, Center
Hislander Arellano, Carthage
Jonathan Ariza, Center
Kayce Armstrong, Carthage
Rachael Arnold, Shreveport, La
Gabriela Arroyo, Marshall
Kaden Arvello, Center
Savanna Ashley, Harleton
Daryna Bachkarova, Mogilev,
Tara Ballard, Nacogdoches
Jamie Barrett, Marshall
Jose Barrueta, Center
Bailey Barton, Timpson
Rachel Baugher, Tatum
Yolanda Baxter, Nacogdoches
Corey Bearden, Shelbyville
Danielle Beck, Lufkin
Brylee Behrens, Timpson
Latrice Bell, Shreveport, La
Nathaniel Bergeron, Tenaha
Ashlynd Berns, Carthage
Christian Berry, Timpson
Hayden Bixby, Tatum
Makayla Blackburn, Longview
Christopher Blackmon, Carthage
Lani Blohm, Marshall
Bradley Boatman, Garrison
Laiton Braddock, Timpson
Amber Bragg, San Augustine
Taylor Bragg, Shelbyville
Angelica Bravo Rivera, Waskom
Samuel Brazzel, Joaquin
Demetre Brewster, Marshall
Jaxon Brittain, Center
Brooke Brown, Marshall
Denecia Brown, Carthage
Kamari Brown, Tallahassee, Fl
Krystal Brown, San Augustine
Krystle Brown, Tyler
Madison Brown, Center
Meosha Brown, Carthage
Quanterrius Brown, Carthage
Lindsey Bryan, San Augustine
Jose Bueno, Center
Kaide Bullock, Carthage
Jessica Burns, Marshall
Maisie Burns, Joaquin
Sarai Burran, Carthage
Kimberly Cadena, Longview
Tikia Caldwell, Nacogdoches
Ashley Camp, Center
Jalee Campbell, Center
Kacie Caserta, Beckville
Chelbi Cates, Nacogdoches
Travis Chapman, Woodville
Elizabeth Chavez-Gomez, Center
Madison Christopher, Nacogdoches
Brianna Clamp, Garrison
Jessica Coats, Henderson
Bryce Cockrell, Center
Tiara Colbert, Texarkana
Keith Coleman, Carthage
Misty Coleman, Beckville
Christopher Coley, Plano
Christian Connell, Waskom
Jacob Cook, Garrison
Christy Corliss, Carthage
Jacob Corpus, Timpson
Nash Coultas, Carthage
Kaleb Crafts, Joaquin
Bethany Crowe, Kennard
Baylee Daehn, Sulphur Springs
Laporsia Davis, Longview
Laronica Davis, Marshall
Madison Davis, Carthage
Maison Davis, Kilgore
Jeremy Dean, Beckville
William Denison, Waskom
Mckenzie Dimery, College Station
Zakeri Dingler, Garrison
Britnie Dixon, Beckville
Cole Dixon, Gary
Ashlee Downing, Garrison
Jermaine Drewey, Houston
Collin Durham, Tyler
Amber Dyson, Carthage
Shelton Earl, Timpson
Amy Early, Marshall
Alricka Edwards, Shreveport, La
Dawson Eells, Hemphill
Lucy Eke, Carthage
Minerva Elizondo, Henderson
Max Emanis, Shelbyville
Yolanda Escobedo, Marshall
Samantha Espinosa, Center
Amanda Evans, Tenaha
Ashley Evans, Carthage
Martha Fajardo, Harleton
Alicja Falkowska, Kosow Lacki,
Bryce Farmer, Carthage
Lacey Felder, Center
Charles Felix, Carthage
Darbie Fenton, Mcallen
Cheyenne Finley, Cushing
Victoria Fischer, Carthage
Melissa Flakes, Lufkin
Kenaiya Fleets, Deberry
Alan Flores, Tenaha
Francisco Flores, Timpson
Kaytlin Ford, Pineland
Mitchell Fountain, Center
Abigail Garcia, Carthage
Pedroangel Garcia, Carthage
Abel Garduno, Gary
Melissa Garth, Hallsville
Hunter Gates, Joaquin
Allena George, Carthage
Kaitlynn George, Sulphur Springs
Lashaunda George, Carthage
Shamry George, Joaquin
Kesiah Giles, Tenaha
Daniel Gillis, Center
Ryan Golden, Center
Garrett Golliher, Stoutland, Mo
Luz Gomez, Center
Justin Gonzales, Point
Carlos Gonzalez Hernandez, Center
Savannah Green, Center
Brittany Gregory, Milam
Chavis Gregory, Center
Kaci Griffin, Center
Sydnee Griffin, Carthage
Morgan Grigsby, Marshall
Cheryl Grubbs, Longview
Sharmetria Hall, Carthage
Krysta Hammock, Carthage
Emily Hannah, Nacogdoches
Candace Harkness, Nacogdoches
Maggie, Harkness, Center
Chase Harper, Deberry
Antawon Harris, Tenaha
Rayvene Harris, Longview
Timothy Harsh, Carthage
Laci Hartley, Beckville
Jenny Harvey, Center
Kristina Head, Deberry
Elizabeth,Hernandez, Tenaha
Esther Hernandez, Carthage
Hernan Hernandez, Tenaha
Monica Hernandez, Marshall
Jamarian Hill, Center
Hampton Holcomb, Carthage
Joyia Holden, Shreveport, La
Casey Holladay, Marshall
Michael Hooten, Kilgore
Sarah Howard, Shreveport, La
Constance Hudson, Hallsville
Tristin Hughes, Brookeland
Andre Hunter, Joaquin
Jaydon Jacks, Carthage
Kelsea Jackson, Karnack
Tomika Jackson, Longview
Quindon Jefferson-Bowers, Marshall
Hannah Johnson, Carthage
Kacia Johnson, Kilgore
Keith Johnson, Carthage
Markita Johnson, Marshall
Victoria Johnson, Garrison
Amber Jones, Mount Enterprise
Clayton Jones, San Augustine
Hannah Jones, Timpson
Kayla Jordan, Keatchie, La
Melissa Jordan, Henderson
Edgar Juarez, Carthage
Angel Kammer, Kennard
Donnell Keggler, Timpson
Bryan Kelley, Center
Jerrel Kelly, Sumter, Sc
Levi Kerlick, Carthage
Zachary Kruebbe, Carthage
Devon Lampley, Tenaha
Trevor Lampley, Tenaha
Johnathan Landreneaux, Carthage
Raul Lara, Center
Keri Leadon, Henderson
Haley Leblanc, Center
Erica Lee, Center
Lindsey Leslie, Hallsville
Trey Lindsay, Beckville
Holly Lopez, Marshall
Jessica Luna, Joaquin
Milagros Luna, Joaquin
Marissa Macias, Center
Katherine Mackenzie, Grand Prairie
Laura Malone, Lufkin
Alison Maloney, Marshall
Penny Mann, Marshall
Jillian Martin, Gary
Erasmo Martinez, Timpson
Jacob Martinez, Tenaha
Katelyn Martinez, Tenaha
Wilmer Martinez, Deberry
Erin McCracken, Marshall
Tamiko McGee, Center
Ashley, McGriff, Jefferson
Valerie McLaughlin, Carthage
Katelynn McWhorter, Marshall
Jolene Meisinger, Ore City
Maria Mejia, Mount Enterprise
Abigail Mendez, Center
Brenda Mendez, Waskom
Jose Mendoza, Tenaha
Miguel Mendoza, Tenaha
Kinsley Middlebrooks, Tyler
Varshey Miles, Marshall
Christian Miller, Carthage
Taylor Mills, Carthage
Briana Montalvo, Marshall
Desiree Moon, Longview
Chuck Moore, Carthage
Rachel Moore, Marshall
Paola Morales, Center
Martha Moreno, Marshall
Britney Morris, Marshall
Zachary Mosier, Beckville
Briley Murray, Nacogdoches
Maria Navarro, Center
Kenna Naylor, Carthage
Lorrie Neal, Tatum
Derrick Noel, Carthage
Keiler Norman, Carthage
Mckayla North, Deberry
Chailey Norton, Mount Enterprise
Eder Nunez, Center
Railey Oates, Lufkin
Armond,Odom, Gary
Elizabeth Offer, Bethany, La
Monica Olalde, Center
Alyssa Oliver, Mount Enterprise
Mariela Oviedo, Marshall
Meagan Owens, Center
Tatiana Page, Nacogdoches
Mally-Catherine, Parker, Stonewall, La
Abigail Parrish, Nacogdoches
Tanner Partee, Marshall
Shikella Patton, Center
Tachala,Pauley, Longview
Kelyn Pennie, Grand Prairie
Billie Phillips, Carthage
Torey Phillips, Avinger
Tiffani-Amber, Pinson, Carthage
Jacob Pleasant, Nacogdoches
Dustin Pledger, Timpson
Kamryn Powell, Diana
Rachel Powell, Center
Tavanna Prince, Mesquite
Jeremy Puckett, Shreveport, La
Dylan Puffer, Carthage
Daniel Quetzala, Garrison
Karla Raines, Beckville
Kellymar Ramirez, Caracas
Lauren Ramsey, Logansport, La
Tanner Ransom, Gary
Caniya,Reed, Tenaha
Patience Reese, Longview
Shonnyvelle Regalado, Brooklyn, Ny
Xander Reid, Henderson
Courtney Rhodes, Center
Cayla Risinger, Center
Stormie Rivers, Marshall
Caehlen Roberts, Carthage
Kenisha Rodgers, Dallas
Ana Rodriguez, Joaquin
Jennifer Rodriguez, Gary
Yadira Rojas, San Augustine
Taylor Roth, Timpson
Zachary Runnels, Center
Lizbeth Salgado, Marshall
Gaybrielle Salone, Carthage
Paulina Samford, Carthage
Daniela Sandiego, Center
Emily Sanford, Hallsville
Selena Santamaria, Tenaha
Toree Scott, Athens
Christopher Scroggins, Hemphill
Nicholas Sewell, Dallas
Joe Shanley, Marshall
Dominick Shortridge, Beckville
Payton Sirmans, Marshall
Sarah Slade, Scottsville
Allison Smith, Carthage
De'asha Smith, Shreveport, La
Jessica Smith, Mount Enterprise
Kisma Smith, Marshall
Kyle Smith, Henderson
Lionette Smith, Carthage
Kalli Sonmor, Center
Ryan Stamps, Timpson
Cameron Stansbury, Groves
Jeffrey Stephens, Carthage
Tyler Stokes, Garrison
Tori Stoute, Deberry
Mary Straughan, Loranger, La
Victor Tapia, Waskom
Haley Taylor, Joaquin
Hannah Taylor, Carthage
Brittney Thomas, Joaquin
Zachary Thomas, Marshall
Abbey Thompson, White Oak
Ciera Thompson, Jefferson
Shelby Thompson, Deberry
Jason Tillman, Beckville
Andi Tomplait, Sour Lake
Jose Torres, Tenaha
Brandon Tyler, Nacogdoches
Rosalba Valdez, Tenaha
Cesar Valles, Carthage
Kalie Vaughn, Center
Karen Verdin, Henderson
Collin Vickers, Joaquin
Sandra Wade, Longview
William Wall, Nacogdoches
Alexus Wallace, Timpson
Kayla Wallace, Marshall
Kristen Wallace, Carthage
Rebecca Weatherford, Henderson
Madison Weems, Carthage
Brittany Whitsett, Carthage
Jaren Whitton, Etoile
Ashley Wilke, Mount Enterprise
Tray Wilkerson, Joaquin
Doris Willess, Center
Ashlee Williams, Chandler
Demetric Williams, Carthage
Hannah Williams, Gary
Jada Williams, Center
Bailey Williford, Carthage
Andrew Wilson, Center
Hannah Wink, Carthage
Allyson Woodworth, Deberry
Hailey Woodworth, Deberry
Ashlynn Wynn, Deberry
Sarah Yarborough, Timpson
Sascha Young, San Augustine
Anaicia Zamora, Center
Crystal Zepher, Waskom
Catalina Zoyoquila, Mount Enterprise

May 7, 2020 - As the spring semester comes to a unique end at Panola College, the College is already making plans to carefully resume face-to-face instruction on August 19.

“The health and safety of Panola College students, faculty, and staff is always our first priority,” said Dr. Greg Powell, Panola College president. “We want our students to enjoy the full college experience including face-to-face classes, sports, fine art events, and living on-campus. Our re-opening committee is working hard on ways to do this safely.”

Panola College plans to reopen all locations to the public on June 15th following social distancing guidelines. The College will remain working remotely on Fridays throughout the summer to allow for deep cleaning each week. Most courses this summer will be held strictly online with the exception of a few courses that require hands-on experiences, such as cosmetology. Cosmetology services will remain closed to the public throughout the summer and all summer camps have been canceled including Kids College and athletic camps. Financial aid and student advising appointments are still encouraged to take place by phone and email whenever possible.

“Despite our plan to return to normal operations this fall, no one knows how the pandemic will progress through summer and into the fall, but our committee is preparing plans for multiple scenarios,” stated Dr. Powell.

“We know that being flexible will be important as the situation continues to evolve. It is our intention to balance a safe and healthy campus while maintaining a great college experience for our students. We miss the energy our students bring to Panola College and look forward to its return this fall.”

The College will be reviewing the spring semester transition to online instruction and how the process could be improved in the future. Instructors will receive additional distance learning training and will be prepared to move online should another outbreak occur this fall.

Additional safety measures listed below will be put in place to help the College reopening:

  • Face-to-face classes size will be smaller and more courses will be in a hybrid format this fall.
  • Hand sanitizing and disinfectant wipe stations are being placed in high traffic areas throughout all buildings.
  • Plexi glass shields are being installed between students and staff at many locations.
  • Students, faculty, staff, and visitors to campus are encouraged to wear a face mask per CDC guidelines.
  • Campus signage is being placed around campus to promote CDC guidelines, including wearing a mask, social distancing, washing your hands, and covering your cough.
  • A hygiene package will be given to all students, faculty, and staff which will include a face mask, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes at the beginning of the fall semester.
  • Faculty and staff will be asked to complete a health screening.
  • The entire college will be sanitizing on a nightly basis.
  • Protocols are also being put into place should a student or employee test positive for COVID-19.

Safety precautions and protocols will be further developed and refined over the summer as the College closely monitors the situation and will follow the guidance from federal, state, and local health officials. More information may be found at https://www.panola.edu/public-relations/coronavirus

May 5, 2020 - The Panola College Foundation announced a second round of direct funding opportunities to students affected by COVID-19. Applications are open now and will remain open until funding runs out.

“The Foundation has disbursed almost $20,000 in aid to over 70 students so far,” said Jessica Pace, Director of Institutional Development. “When the relief applications first opened we started seeing a significant need for students to have summer scholarships. They may have been laid off, they no longer have work hours, and many are working in vital health care fields. Some health care programs don’t allow students to skip a semester and require clinicals and other summer classes that are crucial to course completion.”

Originally the Foundation allocated $20,000 to help with student relief and now the Foundation has added an additional $10,000 to assist with summer scholarships. “We can only award funds that we have, and we are inviting the community to help by making tax-deductible donations to the Foundation Student Relief Fund,” she said.

One student expressed her appreciation for the grant, saying, “I just want to say a big thank you. My family is very grateful. I appreciate your urgent response to my appeal. May God bless you and the Foundation. I feel very supported and I’m very touched and thankful that Panola College cares about the welfare of her students beyond academics. I am extremely grateful. Thanks again. This means a lot. It will go a very long way.”

A community member who donated to the fund said, “My daughter will complete her first year at Panola in May 2020. Thank you for looking after her and helping her this year. May the Lord keep us all in His hand.”

To apply for these grants, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available online. For detailed information and a link to the application form, visit https://www.panola.edu/public-relations/covid19studentrelief.html.

To make a tax-deductible donation to the Panola College Foundation to assist in this effort, log in to Foundation@panola.edu and complete the form. Donations may be made through PayPal, check or money order. Receipts are automatically generated to donors for their tax records. In addition, all donations to the Panola College Foundation qualify for matching grants from employers.

The CARES Act includes a line item allowing people making a cash donation of up to $300 to claim a tax deduction on their 2020 taxes, even if they do not itemize their taxes. “This above-the-line deduction applies to any donations made to tax deductible donations,” Pace explained.

“The Foundation’s Student Relief Fund goes above and beyond what the CARES Act provides. We recognize that the CARES Act won’t alleviate all obstacles our students are facing as they work to complete their education. The Foundation is able to help because of the support from the Designer Purse Bingo fundraiser, and the generous donations from the Sustainers Group, memorial donations and other general donations,” Pace said.

May 4, 2020 - The sold-out Panola College Foundation Spring 2020 Designer Purse Bingo has been canceled because of the coronavirus. Because of the uncertainty in the current environment, and to follow the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, it is with great regret that the Panola College Foundation announces the cancellation of their 2020 Designer Purse Bingo fundraisers.

As the major fundraising event for the Panola College Foundation, Designer Purse Bingo has brought in money to support multiple scholarships and program grants for the College. The loss of this funding will be a hard hit for the College’s scholarship and grant program. Because of the success of this fundraiser in the past, the Foundation has been able to step up a truly serve Panola College students’ needs during this time. The Foundation created a COVID-19 emergency relief fund and has already devoted $30,000 to direct support to our students. Just this month the Foundation has been able to assist almost 75 students with emergency grants. 

“We like to express our sincere thank you to all of our past sponsors and attendees who helped make it possible for the Foundation to provide these emergency relief grants to our students,” said Dr. John Ray, Panola College Foundation Chair.

“We are offering full refunds to our sponsors and ticket holders. We recognize that some of our sponsors are small business owners who may need the refund in this critical time and we want to support our community as they have supported us,” said Jessica Pace, Director of Institutional Advancement. “Although we won’t be able to gather our sold-out crowd of 600 in the Carthage Civic Center, we’re planning a fun mail-out as a “non-event” fundraiser. I’m already hearing from sponsors and individuals who say they want to contribute their Bingo sponsorships and ticket costs as 2020 donations to the Panola College Foundation, so we want to let them know how much we appreciate this gesture of support.”

Pace said refunds will be returned through the original payment method, by credit card or check. Sponsors and ticket purchasers who wish to convert their purchases to a tax-deductible donation to the Panola College Foundation may send a message to Foundation@panola.edu.

“Anyone who has ever attended Panola’s Designer Purse Bingo knows it would be impossible to maintain ‘social distancing’ when we have a packed house at the Carthage Civic Center. The event has always been so much fun and has been an awesome way to support the college and allow our citizens to meet our students who helped out with Bingo. Yes, it’s sad to have to cancel, but we look forward to the day when we can once again gather safely together, celebrate Panola College, and yell ‘BINGO’,” said Pace.

April 30, 2020 - Panola College Art Professor Amanda Clements’ watercolor and mixed media artwork, “Evening Wildflowers,” is on display at the R.W. Norton Art Gallery in Shreveport, La., as part of “BLOOM! 2020,” a juried exhibition.

“There were 193 submissions, and only 48 selected for the exhibit, so I was thrilled to be included,” Clements said.
 
Because of the coronavirus, the venue is closed, but the exhibit is showcased online. The Digital Exhibition Catalogue can be found at http://www.rwnaf.org/events.html while the virtual exhibit video is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxbKTj21TJA&feature=youtu.be.
 
Before the coronavirus crisis, Panola College had planned a field trip to visit the Norton to see the BLOOM! 2020 exhibit and to view the Norton Gardens. The field trip was funded by a grant from the Panola College Foundation.
 
“I am heavily disappointed that we had to cancel the field trip, but the Gallery has so wonderfully tried to still allow us artists a little spotlight by creating a virtual tour of the works on display,” she said.
 
Clements teaches art appreciation, drawing, watercolor, acrylics, oils and ceramics to Panola College students.
 
For the Norton exhibition entry, she chose to work in cyanotype and watercolor. Cyanotype is a printing process that creates a cyan-blue print. She combined both artistic processes to create a mixed media image.
 
Clements said she grew up watching her mother paint and, with her mother’s help, began working with clay to complete a history project in junior high. That experience sparked her interest in three-dimensional artwork.
 
“I created a complete Indian village in clay, and later made a Noah’s ark set with the ark and all the animals. I really liked working with the clay that you shaped and then baked in the oven to harden,” she said.
 
After high school, she started studying pre-med at Eastfield College in Mesquite where she planned to study sonography or nursing. “I was really stressed out in some of those classes, so my mom encouraged me to take a class just for fun,” she recalls. That’s when she rediscovered her love of art.
 
“In one of those classes, my professor praised my work and told me I should change my focus and major in art. I said, ‘I’m not going to be a starving artist. I need a degree where I can get a job with a steady income.” Her professor persisted and talked to her about opportunities as an art teacher. Clements completed her bachelor’s degree at Texas A&M Commerce and started teaching at Chapel Hill in Mt. Pleasant.
 
After a summer retreat for art educators at Stephen F. Austin State University, she signed up to be one of the first students in SFA’s new Art Educator’s Master’s Program and completed her master’s degree.
 
She was teaching art at Hallsville High School when the art professor’s position opened up at Panola College. “I knew from the beginning that I wanted to ultimately teach at a community college. I wanted to do what that professor had done for me. She opened the door for me to realize that I could find success doing something that I love,” she said.
 
To create the artwork that was selected for the Norton exhibit, Clements painted the chemicals ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide onto watercolor paper in a dimly lit room. Once dry, she was able to add watercolors to the piece. She enjoys experimenting with new techniques and sharing her knowledge with her students.
 
“I’m usually so focused on being the art teacher that I don’t focus on being the artist. Right now, I’ve set up a place to work in the corner of our dining room. I want our children to be able to watch me work with my art the way I watched my own mom paint when I was a little girl. They’re getting to watch me create, and they have helped me with the cyanotype process, so we’re having fun,” she said.
 



 

April 23, 2020 - Panola College will receive a $1,507,332 federal grant to provide direct emergency cash to students, and to cover school expenses related to the coronavirus and COVID-19. The funding is available through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Half of the funding received will provide direct cash payments to students to help with housing, utilities, food, and other expenses they may have incurred during the coronavirus crisis. The application will be available on the Panola College website from April 27 to May 22, 2020.

Eligibility requirements, set by the U.S. Department of Education, are as follows:

  • Be enrolled in at least 3 credit hours at Panola College as of March 13, 2020.
  • Be enrolled in at least one face-to-face course as of March 13.
  • Be eligible to apply for financial aid through FAFSA. (This excludes international, DACA, and dual credit students.)
  • Must NOT be enrolled in high school – dual credit students do not qualify.
  • Be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Must have a valid Social Security number.
  • Male students must be registered with Selective Service.
  • Must have a high school diploma, GED or have documentation of completion of high school in an approved home school setting.

The online application will be a simple form asking for name, student ID number, and current mailing address. The form will include boxes for applicants to check indicating what financial needs they have that are related to the coronavirus.

Students will have 30 days to complete and submit the form. Once the applications are verified and grant amounts are determined, the Panola College business office will send the funds directly to the students by debit card, direct deposit or check. Students may indicate their choice of fund delivery by logging into their Campus Connect accounts on the Panola College website.

“With this funding, we will be able to award individual relief grants,” said Dr. Greg Powell, Panola College President. “The CARES Act will not only help our students, but the funding will also assist the College in expanding remote learning programs and identifying technology needs that will help us serve our students in the future.”

Panola College recognized early the potential negative impact on students. On April 1, the Panola College Foundation announced a plan to provide emergency financial relief to students through grants from the Foundation.

“We were fortunate to already have the Panola College Foundation step up to provide the first wave of emergency relief to our students,” said Jessica Pace, Director of Institutional Advancement. “Now the CARES Act Student Relief Fund will provide additional grant funds to help us implement a second wave of support to our students.”

April 22, 2020 - The Carthage Walmart has awarded a $1,000 grant to support Panola College scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year. Jessica Pace, Director of Institutional Advancement, announced the grant and said this is the second year in a row the local Walmart has supported the College through the grant program.

“It couldn’t have come at a better time,” Pace said. “With the economic hardships resulting from the pandemic, our students need additional financial support provided through scholarships.”

Walmart grants support and strengthen the local communities they serve, and Walmart employees enhance the program through local giving, volunteerism, and other philanthropic activities.

Panola College students may apply for scholarships offered through fine arts or athletic departments. In addition, 142 scholarships have been endowed by the generosity of alumni and friends of Panola College. Endowed scholarships are awarded annually based on financial need, academic standing, and participation in campus programs.
 
“There is a misconception about community college funding,” Pace said. “State funding for community colleges has dropped to less than 30 percent of the college budget. We rely on private donations to help students complete their education, strengthen our academic programs, and provide faculty members with additional teaching tools.”

To find out more, contact the Department of Institutional Advancement at Panola College, 903-693-2029.

April 3, 2020 - The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association announced on Thursday, April 2, that Panola College was named as the Southern Region Rodeo of the Year.

“The season ended short, unfortunately, for Panola,” said Coach Jeff Collins. “We are taking two athletes to the college national finals rodeo – Logan Cook in the saddle bronc riding, and Clayton Lowry in team roping.”

Collins said being named Rodeo of the Year for the Southern Region is quite an honor. “It was voted on by all the NIRA students. Our team did an outstanding job of putting on the rodeo in September, and I am very proud of them for that, and for all their actions this season. I expect great things for next year,” he said.

NIRA Southern Region Rodeo had to cancel the final two rodeos of the season as a result of the coronavirus crisis. Standings for the year will be based on the Texas A&M Rodeo held earlier in the spring.

Panola College 2019-2020 Rodeo Team roster includes Cole Bailey, Marshall; Mckynzie Bush, Center; Trace Clark, Center; Michael Mathis Coley, Ringgold, Ga.; Logan Cook, Alto; Madison Davis, Carthage; Maison Davis, Kilgore; Skylar Dawson, Beckville; Michael Deshotels, Cleveland; Peter Fager, Peculiar, Mo.; Bradford Fisher, Liberty; Hannah Goings, Arlington, Ga.; Garrett Golliher, Stoutland, Mo.; Jadyn Gould, Lufkin; Evan Green, Lufkin; Blake Griffin, Center; Isaac Ingram, Basile, La.; Clayton Lowry, Wills Point; Katherine Mackenzie, Grand Prairie; Mackenzie Moore, Camdenton, Mo.; Abbie Muckelroy, Center; Macon Murphy, Keatchie, La.; Rowdy Murray, Marietta; Chance Pruitt, Jasper, Ark.; Emily Ramsey, Marshall; Chase Runfola, Gainesville, N.Y.; Seth Rustin, Nacogdoches; J.D. Spivey, Haslet; Tanzi Stafford, Gonzales; Abbie Suggs, Kirbyville; Daylon Swearingen, Piffard, N.Y.; Kalie Vaughn, Center; Rylee Vines, Lufkin; Samuel Wigans, Goldfield, Iowa; and Michael Womack, Bastrop, La.

April 2, 2020 - Panola College has announced a financial relief package available to assist students who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Students who are enrolled in the spring 2020 semester or who are enrolling in the May, summer or fall 2020 terms are eligible to apply for assistance.

“The Panola College Foundation has voted to establish a fund that will provide one-time payments to students who need help with expenses to complete this semester,” said Jessica Pace, Director of Institutional Advancement. “Awards will range from $100 to $250, with a maximum award of $500.”

For detailed information and a link to the application form visit https://www.panola.edu/public-relations/covid19studentrelief.html.

Panola College staff members will review the applications and contact students to discuss their requests for assistance.

Expenses that may be covered by the relief fund include tuition, books and other essential academic expenses; transportation related to academic needs; food and hygiene items; utilities; medications and other costs related to medical care or safety needs.

“We want to eliminate some of the barriers to success that COVID-19 may have created for our students in their educational journey. The awards may be paid directly to vendors where the expenses are incurred, so students will need to submit supporting documents, such as invoices, receipts, unemployment letters or any documentation that directly applies to their request,” Pace said.

To qualify, the financial hardship must have resulted from COVID-19, the expense must have occurred after April 1, 2020, students must be enrolled for at least six semester credits, all other resources must have been considered and found to be insufficient or unavailable, and all questions on the application form must be complete and include supporting documentation. Applications will first be prioritized by students scheduled to graduate in the spring 2020. After this initial phase, awards will then focus on high priority area of studies (nursing, EMS, Health Sciences), students closest to graduation and the most compelling cases.

“The Panola College Foundation has been such an asset to Panola College, and we appreciate their swift action to set aside funds to help establish relief aid to help students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of students that we will be able to serve will depend on the funds available, and we invite friends and alumni to contribute to the effort. We are dealing with an unprecedented event, and we know many of our students and their families are suffering financial hardships right now,” Pace said.

Donations to the fund may be made through PayPal or credit card on the COVID-19 Student Relief webpage listed above. Funds not dispersed for COVID-19 relief will roll over to the Panola College “Feed the Need” and scholarship programs.

March 25, 2020 - The 2020-2021 Panola College scholarship application is now available through March 31. Visit www.panola.edu to apply. Scholarships are open to students attending Panola College during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Jessica Pace, Director of Institutional Advancement, encourages students to apply in order to take advantage of this opportunity. “Last year, Panola College awarded over 120 scholarships because of the generosity of our donors,” she said. “This year, we hope to be able to award even more.”

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